Indonesia

West Papuan protests met with internet shutdown, arrests of activists and excessive force

For the last few weeks West Papuans have been protesting attacks against Papuan students in Surabaya and racial insults hurled against them. In response the authorities shut down the internet in many parts of the Papuan region, arrested political activists and used excessive force against protesters with some killed or injured Read more

West Papuan protests met with internet shutdown, arrests of activists and excessive force

Indonesian civil society finds human rights violations during deadly post-election protests

Human rights groups have report of violations during the May 2019 violent post-elections protests. There have also been attacks on peaceful protests by West Papuan activists, a conviction for criminal defamation, banning of a film for its LGBT content and the criminalisation of a human rights defender for allegedly criticising the military. Read more

Indonesian civil society finds human rights violations during deadly post-election protests

Attacks on fundamental freedoms and minorities persist, ahead of elections

Ahead of presidential elections in Indonesia scheduled to be held in April 2019, the crackdown on activists in West Papua have continued. Further, a CSO event was shut down, books banned, and an environmental human rights defender was attacked. A new law has also been proposed that could restrict the freedoms of musicians. Read more

Attacks on fundamental freedoms and minorities persist, ahead of elections

Crackdown escalates on peaceful assembly in West Papua

There have been a series of arbitrary arrests of peaceful protesters in the region of West Papua in the last month Read more

Crackdown escalates on peaceful assembly in West Papua

UN Human Rights Chief Zeid concern about denial of access to West Papua

On 18th June 2018, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein raised concerns about the continued failure of the Indonesian government to honor its invitation for his office to visit West Papua. Data provided by Alliance of Independent Journalists (AJI) Indonesia shows there were 60 cases of violence or intimidation against journalists in 2017 Read more

UN Human Rights Chief Zeid concern about denial of access to West Papua

Court jails anti-mining activist for "spreading Communist ideology"

An anti-mining activist was sentenced to 10 months imprisonment for ‘spreading Communist ideology’. A West Papuan activist jailed for his involvement with a petition calling for West Papuan independence from Indonesia. A new law passed can be used to prosecute and jail anyone if they “disrespect” the country’s parliamentarians. Read more

Court jails anti-mining activist for "spreading Communist ideology"

Student activists ill-treated by security forces during protests

Student activists were arrested or ill-treated in protests around land and environmental issues. Authorities used defamation laws to criminalise online expression. Read more

Student activists ill-treated by security forces during protests

Protesters in Slamet Mountain brutally attacked and dispersed by police

On 9th October 2017, police from Banyumas Police Station, along with Civil Service Police Unit (Satpol PP), brutally attacked peaceful protesters at an assembly against a Geothermal Power Plant (PLTPB) on Slamet mountain in Central Java Project. Read more

Protesters in Slamet Mountain brutally attacked and dispersed by police

Controversy over Indonesia’s past sparks protests against human rights groups

On 16th and 17th September 2017, human rights groups, consisting of survivors, victims of past human rights abuses and human rights defenders organised a seminar in the Indonesian Legal Aid Foundation (YLBHI) office. While discussion mainly focused on addressing human rights atrocities committed during the 1965-1966 massacres, the meeting also aroused suspicion within Indonesian society for its political motivations. Read more

Controversy over Indonesia’s past sparks protests against human rights groups

Secret transgender pageant emblematic of LGBTI intolerance in Indonesia

Although a transgender pageant proved a rallying call for LGBTI people, it had to take place in total secrecy to defy the nationwide clampdown against sexual minorities. Read more

Secret transgender pageant emblematic of LGBTI intolerance in Indonesia